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 |  Jan 07 2011, 6:43 PM

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Fans of old school Mercedes-Benz diesels can rejoice, as M-B is adding yet another oil-burner to its North American lineup. The 2012 S350 BlueTec 4MATC will bow at the 2011 North American International Auto Show.

Featuring Mercedes’ stellar BlueTEC V6 turbodiesel engine and the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system, the S350 will put out 210 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque with an estimated 29 mpg on the highway.

Although the S350 is being positioned as the “entry-level” S-Class, beneath the S400 Hybrid and S550 V8,  is there any real reason, aside from vanity, to buy one of the more powerful variants. Unless you’re going for an S63 AMG or the ultra-opulent S600 V12, it’s hard to see why one would opt for anything but the BlueTEC.

Look for more on the S350 BlueTEC 4MATIC Monday, January 10th with AutoGuide’s coverage of the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. Until then, get more on all the debuts at our Detroit Auto Show Preview here.

GALLERY: 2012 Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTEC

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